Cave Wall Guardians

David Chethlahe Paladin

Cave Wall Guardians, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Chethlahe painting
  • Navajo painting
Marked Down $1,500.00
Gallery Price $3,500.00
Title
Cave Wall Guardians
Artist
David Chethlahe Paladin
Medium
Acrylic, sand and clay on canvas
Canvas size
23" height X 35" width
Frame
Red finished wood molding
Frame size
25" height X 37" width
Signed
" ┬ęChethlahe '72" at viewer's lower left
Date of creation
1972
Condition
Excellent, as appeared framed
Provenance
O C Phoenix
About The Cave Wall Guardians

This substantial painting by Paladin relates easily to several examples in Paladin's book Painting the Dream.  

In the book Paladin comments about the shamans who "used pigments made from ash, mineral and plant pollen to create art on the cave walls and cliffs of the Southwestern United States.  . . Raised on the Navajo reservation, I paint from memories gathered as a child, when I spent hours looking at these strange figures from the past.  To me, they became a symbol of the rich cultural heritage left by my ancestors.  I have never felt apart from that ancient world."

About David Chethlahe Paladin

(1926-1984) Painting the Dream: the Visionary Art of Navajo Painter David Chethlahe Paladin was published in 1992 by the artist's widow, Lynda Paladin. This artist credited Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey and Morris Graves as influencing his approach to painting as well as how he treated his subject matter.

The Huichol Indians' work also impacted the appearance of his art. For 2 1/2 years Paladin was a prisoner of war, released finally at Dachau in a near coma state.

In 1975 Newsweek cited him as the nation's "leading Navajo modern artist". The Santa Fean magazine named him Artist of the Year in 1981.

Major exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth (1966), at the Heard Museum (1967, 1975), at the William Penn Memorial Museum in Pittsburgh (1969), at the Albuquerque Museum (1975, 1985), at the American Indian Art Center in New York (1975), at the Navajo Tribal Museum in Window Rock, Arizona (1984), at the San Diego Museum of Man (1985) and at the Museum of Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson (1988).

Other Works By David Chethlahe Paladin:
  • Dreams of Beginning, Prints by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Fire of Creation, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Abstract Mask, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Sacred Sun, Sacred Moon, Prints by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Monster Slayer, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Untitled  Cave Wall Paintings, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Celebratory Night Scene, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Kokopelli Fugue, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Cave Wall Painting Ancient, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • The First World  , Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • First World (vertical), Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Clouds Over Monument Valley, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Navajoland, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Ancient Hohokam Symbols, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • St. Francis, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Four Sacred Mountains, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • Altar Board, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
  • The Creation, Paintings by David Chethlahe Paladin
Cultures

American Indian, Navajo, Arizona

Medium

Paintings

Subject

American Indians

Keywords

David Paladin, Chethlahe painting, Navajo painting